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Through undertaking a research project in a specialised area of practice, the dissertation provides the opportunity for you to develop advanced skills in the critical evaluation, interpretation and application of research. Together, HLN750-1 and HLN750-2 comprise a 48 credit point unit that can be studied over two semesters. Assessment items are submitted and a final grade awarded only at the end of the final sub-unit HLN750-2.
To ensure high quality practice, advanced level practitioners are continually required to reflect upon and modify their own practice to incorporate knowledge of the most recent research evidence. This requires advanced skills in the critical evaluation, interpretation and application of research. The dissertation provides advanced skill development in these areas.HLN750-1 Dissertation is offered in Semester 1, Semester 2 and Summer. No student should enrol in any offering until they have secured a Supervisor who is available during that semester. Note: The Summer offering is not available to Nursing students. Students in the School of Nursing should contact email@example.com in the semester prior to enrolment for further information and guidance on supervision.
The aim of the dissertation is to provide you with the opportunity to develop high-level skills in the evaluation, interpretation and application of research. It will also enable you to undertake a research project in a specialised area of practice.
To successfully complete the dissertation, it is expected that you provide evidence of the ability to independently: 1. conduct a critical review of literature/ critique the relevant literature pertaining to a research problem/question in your discipline area;2. write a research proposal for addressing the research problem/question;3. design an appropriate methodology for investigating the research problem / question / hypotheses;4. critically interpret research findings, draw conclusions and make recommendations for future research in the area;5. communicate your research outcomes in accordance with accepted standards of scholarship, presentation and style.
The content of your dissertation will depend on the topic that you choose as the focus of your research. Other areas of learning focus on the expectations of scholarly work and the dissertation process including:· critically analysing and synthesising scholarly literature, · identifying a research question, · designing a theoretical and methodological framework, · conducting a research study, · analysing the results; and · communicating the research findings.
Research supervision will take the form of regular consultation with your dissertation supervisor. The frequency of meetings will be determined in consultation with your supervisor. Depending on your discipline area, you may also be participating in a series of seminar presentations. Consult with your supervisor for further details regarding additional teaching and learning approaches that may be used in your discipline area.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
Students will be advised of any resource requirements for this unit.
The risks in this unit are dependent on your research. These risks need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis and considered in consultation with your dissertation supervisor or other nominated advisors. You are referred to the university's health and safety website www.hrd.qut.edu.au/healthsafety/index.jsp for further information.